There are several good substitutes for thyme, depending on your dish and what qualities of thyme you want to replace. Whether you’re looking for an earthy flavor, sweet flavor or savory flavor, I’ve got some great swap in ideas.
What to Substitute for Thyme
Oregano has a similar earthy and slightly minty flavor. It works well in many dishes, especially Mediterranean and Italian cuisines.
Italian seasoning is a blend of herbs that often includes thyme, oregano, and basil. Use a 1:1 ratio of Italian seasoning to dried thyme.
While rosemary has a stronger piney flavor, it can be a good substitute for thyme in certain dishes, particularly those that involve roasting or grilling meats.
With a mild, sweet flavor, marjoram is another suitable substitute for thyme, especially in recipes that call for dried thyme.
Fresh basil has a different flavor profile, but it can work as a substitute in some dishes, particularly those with a Mediterranean influence.
Sage has a strong, savory flavor and can be used as a substitute for thyme in certain dishes, particularly those involving poultry or stuffing.
Herbes de Provence
This is a blend of herbs, including thyme, rosemary, oregano, and sometimes savory. It’s a great all-purpose substitute for thyme in recipes that require a mix of herb flavors.
Poultry seasoning is another blend of herbs that often includes thyme, sage, and rosemary. Use a 1:1 ratio of poultry seasoning to dried thyme.
Here are some recipes using thyme:
- Roasted Sunchokes
- Stovetop Glazed Carrots
- Air Fryer Mushrooms
- Cheesy Baked Pumpkin Gnocchi with Kale
- Spaghetti Squash Casserole
The BEST Substitute for Thyme
Option 1: Italian Seasoning
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
Option 2: Oregano
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- Swap 1 teaspoon thyme for 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning OR 1 teaspoon oregano.
- Enjoy in your favorite recipe that calls for thyme.